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How countries deal with bears in Europe

news24 JAE Wildlife damage to human properties is an important component of human-wildlife conflicts worldwide. Which populations are more “conflictive” and why are unresolved questions that need to be dealt at broad scales. The article authored by Carlos Bautista with a team of 23 European brown bear researchers “Patterns and correlates of claims for brown bear damage on a continental scale”, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology (, is the first study that tries to disentangle these questions on a continental scale by comparing different management units. Authors analyzed 18,300 compensated claims for damage caused by brown bears across 18 European regions with different socio-ecological conditions. On average, over 3200 claims of bear damage were annually compensated; 70% of them in 4 of the 18 studied regions, and 59% due to livestock losses. Authors found that compensation schemes, management practices like supplementary feeding, and agricultural cover, influenced the number of claims for bear damage,while bear abundance did not.

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Fig. 1. Bear track stamped on the frame of beeswax from the damaged hive of apiaries in Slovenia (photo by Miha Krofel)